Cost of Living in Phoenix

Cost of living in Phoenix is 27.90% lower than in New York, NY Info
Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 830.08$ and for four person family at 2,928.32$ (without rent).
Restaurants [Edit] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 $ 9.00-14.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 $ 45.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.67 $ 5.99-7.50
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3.25 $ 2.55-4.50
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.00 $ 4.00-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.98 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.52 $ 1.19-2.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.28 $ 0.99-2.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.33 $ 1.99-3.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.41 $ 1.50-3.49
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.32 $ 1.00-1.99
Eggs (12) 3.25 $ 2.99-3.99
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.86 $ 2.72-7.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.38 $ 2.50-7.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.70 $ 5.00-6.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.56 $ 1.00-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.72 $ 0.59-0.99
Oranges (1 lb) 1.48 $ 0.99-2.72
Tomato (1 lb) 1.54 $ 0.93-2.72
Potato (1 lb) 0.93 $ 0.69-1.10
Onion (1 lb) 0.95 $ 0.89-1.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.26 $ 1.00-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.42 $ 0.99-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 13.00 $ 10.00-16.99
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.18 $ 1.10-3.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.81 $ 1.80-4.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 7.50 $ 6.49-8.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $ 2.00-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 61.00 $ 48.00-64.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.50-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.23 $ 1.75-2.25
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $ 25.00-45.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.26 $ 1.99-2.69
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 $ 19,000.00-23,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 177.33 $ 100.64-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.11 $ 0.10-0.14
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 52.73 $ 39.99-62.99
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 34.40 $ 20.00-45.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.75 $ 10.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 $ 8.50-11.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 44.29 $ 35.00-59.99
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.50 $ 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 79.29 $ 65.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 96.40 $ 75.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 888.33 $ 700.00-1,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 669.12 $ 510.00-800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,707.92 $ 1,295.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,139.17 $ 975.00-1,300.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 172.50 $ 150.00-200.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 118.75 $ 100.00-150.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 3,295.65 $ 2,000.00-4,800.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.02 3.50-4.50

Prices in Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Last update: November, 2015
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18 Comments so far
#oskar on Oct 02, 2015 :
Been living in Mesa for about 4 years. Moved from oregon. Mesa and Phoenix in general is super ugly, boring, full of rude people, expensive (food, housing, insurance, everything), full of Mexicans and that's not actually a problem; the problem is that they have invaded the valley with their food, music, culture and horrendous decorations. Here is super hot, I meant really un-liveable, also, that makes your electricity bill go up because of AC and makes youspend more money in gas. Also your car breaks faster because everything gets roasted: wheels, timing belt or any belt, battery, etc. Sorry guys but this is the truth about mesa and Phoenix in general . Think the online people that do well here are old retired Canadians and old people from the northern states that cannot take to mush cold and stay at home all day.
#heidihoe on Aug 06, 2015 :
hey folks
I moved to mesa 11 yrs ago from Texas. If you are thinking of moving to Mesa, it is growing very quickly. I would consider if I had children to look at Gilbert area or if you can afford Gold Canyon is awesome, along with the N. Side of town up by the McDowell mountains- really beautiful. Mesa is old. They are trying to revamp and have several big name companies moving in (Apple), which may bring a youth vibe to the place. San Tan Valley is growing but there are problems with sink holes there. If you must, look at new subdivisions in our area and remember to get a good home water filtration system. Crime is average here and there are areas of Mesa are bad for drugs including Country Club/southern all the way to 202, just West of the downtown area, apache junction I would say stay away from and all along Main St. on the right and left side. There are some nice homes near Brown Rd/Power and your backyard is so close to Cat Mountain and Four Peaks area.
#Mr Sir on Jul 16, 2015 :
Hot temperatures, lots of traffic, and lots of rude white, black, brown, yellow people. Combining all these populations under this heat, results in drama from everyone. Common sense.
#Dody 2.0 on Jul 15, 2015 :
I would say Arizona has great prices for almost everything. Living expenses can be a hit or miss, depending on your situation. With minorities being brought up quiet often, a lot of times you have no clue as to who the minority is here. Considering the crime is done by all races, I don't need to make an excuse and try and blame a single one. One moment you can see a lowrider causing trouble, then the next one can buy some douche on a sport bike or over-lifted truck. If you can deal with the typical road rage nuts and the hot temperatures, then the lower living expense may be worth it.
#cyndi on Jun 02, 2015 :
Living in Paducah,Ky. My fiance is in bad health. We are wanting to move around Phoenix to get closer to the mayo clinic. We both live on disability,we have family there but would like to know from others what it is like
#Dorian Joseph on May 06, 2015 :
To those thinking about relocating... Phoenix area is great. Places you might not want to live in is anything close to Indian school/ I17 and Thomas I17. Same goes for anything around the phx airport. I currently live in Phoenix, I love it. Been here about two years and it's not bad. Like any city it has violence but it's not as crazy as other places.
#Debbie on Mar 17, 2015 :
I want to get away from Mississippi where there is so much violence and ignorance. No one works here and everyone is on welfare.
#sala on Mar 14, 2015 :
Good Day to every one .
i live in sweden but i want to buy house in Mesa AZ and move thier so can ay one advise me to move or not ? i have to child 5-9 years so what you think please tell me -
Kind regards
#Dody Koky on Mar 02, 2015 :
I was born and i grow up in tokyo i moved to arizona june 2014 now im really regret what i did :)arizona it's really borring city every where i go i feel my self im like in mexico!! Im not racist but to much latin they living here bad manner and sotimes i feel like arizona more expensive than tokyo if i have chance i really want to go back to my country :(
#Zrcalo on Feb 24, 2015 :
I've been living in mesa/phoenix for 26 years.

Here's the pros and cons:

1)SUPER SUPER SUPER CHEAP CHEAP RENT EVERYWHERE. I've been able to consistently find rent thats $550 a month for two bedrooms avg 700sq ft. Sometimes I've been able to see a studio go for $250 a month. just look up cheap areas on zillow.

2) very very inexpensive to live in phoenix. Great thrift stores. Cheap produce.

3) people are very tolerant and friendly. very accepting and willing to help each other. Great place to socialize.

Now the CONS.

1) ridiculously hot weather (110 degrees+ for about three months.) hot temperature begins in may and ends at the end of october (sometimes) It makes it impossible to go outside, and absolutely destroys things that are outdoors. Make sure to never keep your pets outside during these months!

2) minority and drug related violence. LOTS of this. I've lived in the ghettos, and they arent as bad as one would think.. but I'm white so people generally leave me alone. I'd stay away from areas like this if you're a minority.

3) trashy trashy trashy filthy filthy ugly ugly city. very LOUD too.

4)evil corrupt government that stifles business owners, people on disability, and generally anyone who's poor. If you're disabled, please dont live here. They're more likely to take away your benefits and give you medical headaches. also poor poor medical institutions here. Also if you want to start a business? forget it!
#mary on Feb 19, 2015 :
thinking about moveing to arizona wanting to live in or next to the dessert, im 58 years old have never been out of illinois want to be where the weather has NO snow,im on disability need to find a cheap 1 bedroom and would like to have a dog is there anything thereclose to stores is any thing cheap.
#Reannon Prosser on Dec 19, 2014 :
Thinking about relocating to Phoenix. Lived there in mid 1980's and want to come back. Am coming from St. Louis, Mo. Is it really as bad as some ppl make it out to be? I remember the warmer weather and beautiful AZ desert skies and scenery. I remember that the ppl of AZ were friendly, neighbors got together, companies had gatherings with employees, etc. They still have jobs and affordable cost of living? Thank for any feedback you want to share.
#Anonymous on Oct 19, 2014 :
Phoenix is decent, but there are a few things to take note of:

- Lots of traffic accidents. Terrible, aggressive drivers. Some of the worst in the country.
- Crime seems worse than in past years.
- Professionals spend more per capita on "extravagances" like spa treatments than any other city, so there is an effete, living-beyond-your-means mentality there.
- The whole city is basically a giant strip mall surrounded by bland stucco, cookie-cutter developments.
- Not a lot of "culture". Only a small pocket in central Phoenix where hippies live. Downtown Tempe is nice to look at, but when you look closer, even it is lacking in terms of vibrancy. Mesa is old and kind of crummy. Tempe isn't as nice as it used to be.
- Very difficult to find a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc.
- Almost no grocery stores in central Tempe. I don't get it.
- Good to excellent restaurants all over.

In general, it's a fast-paced, workaholic city, with some decent outlying areas like Scottsdale, pretty good sports venues and sports fans. People there are also obsessed with hiking and running.

Rents are too high, I find. Small 1 bedroom is 800 minimum, plus utilities. Studios for 600 and up. Rooms for rent are high, it's hard to find something that includes all utilities for under 500-600, unless it's a total craphole.
#joanne on Sep 20, 2014 :
only on food stamps, how can I get a apt., ? no social security either, denied dissability
#brad on Aug 26, 2014 :
I'm possible transferring to Arizona what can I except
#Levi on Jun 18, 2014 :
Phil- how is $45 way off? Brush up on your reading skills, brah.
#Phil on Feb 19, 2014 :
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant can be as low at $7.00
Rent is waaaay off. Too Low. Closer to $850 in city center.
#Stephanie on Nov 01, 2013 :
Thinking about relocating to AZ.

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